When Aaron saw the Zen TRAIL frame at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, it was love at first sight. The Portland-based handwrought bike emphasizes long, low, and slack geometry coupled with a clean simplicity only a steel hardtail can offer, and begs to be built up and put through the wringer–specifically, Aaron’s 7,000 feet of climbing over 40 miles on the #BrutalLoop.
“I’m going to go out on a limb here and say the Zen TRAIL has the best ride feel of any hardtail I’ve ever ridden. For real. No bullshit. It’s just good old chromoly steel. Steel, in this case, is real.” -Aaron Chamberlain
Read Aaron’s final review: Zen TRAIL Frame
MSRP: $1299, frame only